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Researchers from National Institute for Materials Science Describe Findings in Nanofibers

February 28, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- New research on Nanofibers is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Ibaraki, Japan, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "This review highlights work using the author's method for the preparation of highly aligned metallic nanofibers with one-dimensional aggregates of metal nanoparticles (MNPs) and their utilization in surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) analysis. The preparation method, which is based on the process of evaporation-induced self-assembly with DNA and a drying front movement, eliminates the need for lithography and an external field; it is also fast, cheap and easy."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from National Institute for Materials Science, "Dark-field scattering spectroscopy was used to study the strong plasmon coupling of MNPs in metallic nanofibers. Furthermore, Raman spectral imaging of the metallic nanofibers revealed the existence of intense hot spots localized along their axes, which played a significant role in the intensity of SERS signals from DNA bases and rhodamine B in the metallic nanofibers."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Our results demonstrate the use of evaporation-induced self-assembly with DNA as a straightforward method to produce the one-dimensional coupling of localized plasmons with a longer scale, and to facilitate the fabrication of optical sensor chips for single-molecule detection via SERS."

For more information on this research see: Simple Fabrication of One-Dimensional Metal Nanostructures and Their Application for SERS Analysis. Analytical Sciences, 2014;30(1):151-156. Analytical Sciences can be contacted at: Japan Soc Analytical Chemistry, 26-2 Nishigotanda 1 Chome Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo, 141, Japan (see also Nanofibers).

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from H. Nakao, Natl Inst Mat Sci, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3050044, Japan.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Japan, Ibaraki, Nanostructural, Nanostructures, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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